Despite the economy crisis that many are experiencing today, there are ways for your family to save on health care. It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Your family can have their health care needs met at a lower cost just by employing some of the same cost saving strategies that you currently use for managing your household’s budget. Here are some ways to make health care more affordable for your family:
Referrals are great. A lot of medical practices will give a special discount or will perform some complimentary services just for getting a referral. They make money because you are bringing them business and you save or get something done for free. It’s a win-win for everyone. If you really like your health care provider, it’s only natural to want others to know that they provide good service. Getting a discount is even more incentive.
Making the effort to avoid those high priced designer drugs! Buy generic drugs whenever possible. You will get the same results and the price for a 30-day supply could be as low as $1. If you run after the higher priced, name brand drugs you can expect to pay lots of money, sometimes more than $200 for the same or less! There is usually lots of medical research to support the fact that generic drugs are the same as the designer ones. They simply are there for saving cost conscious people money!
Watching for eyeglasses deals! You will see them throughout the year, but especially around back to school time. These eyeglasses deals usually can range from as high as discounts of 50-75% to actually free specs for certain family members. Additionally, there are always loads of coupons in the Sunday newspaper that can be used for reduced pricing or buy-one-get-one deals on glasses. If your family is low to moderate income, check your child’s school or the local hospital which usually knows or offers children free eyeglasses to ensure that they are able to perform properly in school.
Grab those gift cards! Many drug stores offer actual money or store gift cards when you transfer your prescription to them. Unless you are in a deep relationship with the pharmacist, you could get lots of cash and gifts just by switching stores! For many people, this is a no-brainer and they do it every time they get a new prescription.
Use those coupons! Sunday newspapers and circulars are full of coupons for discounts on medicines and health care services. You can always find ways of saving, cost cutting, or getting freebies if you just stay on the look out.
Healthcare is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a financial burden for your family. Look for deals and opportunities for saving. Cost comparisons and coupons will help you to know when the best time is to make certain health care decisions. But, always remember to do what will work best for your family and their health even when the world is experiencing an economy crisis!